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117 feature films representing 37 countries with 54 first-time filmmakers, all selected from 12,218 submissions. That’s Sundance 2014.
And here are some of the well known stars headlining these Sundance 2014 official selections, a continuation of my list
. Many of Sundance veterans with great past films under their belts:
…for the film Life After Beth— A man is devastated by his girlfriend’s unexpected death, but receives a second chance
at love when she mysteriously returns.
In the meantime… watch Plaza throw some shade as an outspoken intern in (and the only really great part of)
…or how I am not only getting older, but (maybe) also wiser
10 Year College Reunion. I went (reluctantly). I saw (some of my favorite people from college!). I conquered (the streets of New Orleans!). 2013 marked the 10th year I had been out of college (where had the time gone) and the weekend before Thanksgiving, the alumni/homecoming weekend at my alma mater Xaiver University of Louisiana (no, not the one in Ohio with the great basketball team). It was so great to see many of my sorority sisters (Delta Sigma Theta! Oooo-ooop!), old friends, and the (newly expanded) school campus.
We are just over a month from my favorite film festival - Sundance. And as we are ever so close to the kickoff of the 2014 festival season, we get the announcements of the films that will be screening for industry, press, and film fans alike in Park City, Utah January 16-26.
Here I begin a list of some of the noteworthy actors who dipped their toes in the independent film waters recently and will comprise the acting talent for the Sundance 2014 official film selections:
…for the film Hellion
— A 13-year-old delinquent must get his act together, along with his emotionally absent dad,
in order to bring back his little brother, who’s been taken away by child protective services.
In the meantime… watch his performance as a alcoholic boyfriend in the 2012 Sundance film Smashed.
"HitRECord on TV"
A half-hour variety show and offshoot from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company/website hitRECord.org, showcasing short films, live performances, music, cartoons, and more created through the collaboration of hundred of thousands of artists from all around the world.
Gotta love JGL and everything he gets himself involved in. HitRecord On TV premieres Jan. 18 on the new cable network Pivot and will screen for special audiences at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, a place that has hosted the HitRECord Room in the past.
Last month of 2013! Can you actually believe the year went by so fast? Well there are a number of great movies headed for release this month. See the list I have constructed of what I consider the most interesting, clever, and thought-provoking films to be released in December. Happy watching!
As always, check back here to catch of on my thoughts and commentary related to these movies as I watch them. Live comments and let me know what you think of any of them!
*Note: some of these theatrical release dates are for limited release before it opens in wide release, others are dates for film releases on VOD; all are US dates
—> Watch the trailer for the foreign language film Twice Born
Should-be Hollywood prince Emile Hirsch and my always girl crush Penelope Cruz come together in this film as passionate lovers whose love is threatened by the war that ravages the city of Sarajevo and forever impacts both of their lives and the life of their son. [No theatrical release; only on iTunes and VoD]
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
—> Watch the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis
—> Preview a scene from Inside Llewyn Davis
It’s the latest dark comedy from the Coen Brothers (Fargo) and from what I hear, the breakout performance from Oscar Isaacs, who plays the true life folk singer/songwriter as he struggles to find his way in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1961. I’m also there for co-stars Adam Driver (Girls) and Carey Mulligan. [Limited release; wide release on December 20th]
You know I’m big on independent film over here so of course I would be posting the nominees for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced this afternoon by Oscar award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Fruitvale Station) and Paul Patton (Precious) in a special press conference.
I’m so happy that some of my favorite indies of this year have been recognized and received multiple nominations - Short Term 12, Fruitvale Station, 12 Years a Slave, Mud, Blue Jasmine, The Dallas Buyers Club, The Spectacular Now, and Frances Ha.
Watch the video of the press conference after the jump (how cute is Octavia?!) or jump here to see the list of nominees. The Spirit Awards ceremony will take place on March 1st, hosted by Patton Oswalt (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
» Tom Hiddleston: It all started for me in his standout performance as F. Scott Fitzgerald (next to Allison Pill’s off-the-wall Zelda Fitzgerald) in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and it currently resides in his scene-stealing, constantly evolving, sneakily significant role of Loki in the Thor/Avengers franchise. It takes someone really special to take a relatively lesser known character and morph into one of the most complex villains to grace comic book movies. All that acting talent taken together with the fact that the man is a ball of awesome wrapped in amazing and dunked in liquid cool (he karaokes, he does impressions, he dances… he dances some more). Le sigh. What? You say he already has a girlfriend? Damn.
» The British-influenced series “The Fall” and “Top of the Lake”: Recently, I have forsakened movies for mini-series and serial shows (for shame!) but hell, they have been some damn good ones. “The Fall”: A recommendation from Anderson Cooper on twitter (to which I thanked him and he tweeted me back again in kind… we are that tight, people) came to watch this British-Irish psychological thriller. Often compared to The Killing, a show that I favor (disgruntled viewers be damned), this one proved to be a highly addictive, cat-and-mouse game between a detective (Gillian Anderson) and a serial killer (Jamie Dornan; for me, pre-announcement of him being the new Christian Grey but post-role as the Huntsman in the show I love to hate watch, Once Upon a Time). Let’s just say Dornan pre-stalking, acrobatic rituals are intriguing. “Top of the Lake”: That was followed by the 6-hour Sundance Channel original mini-series directed by Jane Champion (Bright Star) that first premiered at Sundance 2013 (in one sitting, no less). The premise was intriguing - a 5-month pregnant, 12-year old girl walks into a freezing New Zealand lake to try and kill herself; she soon disappears and a female detective (Elizabeth Moss) stumbles on the secrets on the small town as she works to find her. And what you get is a very odd family-of-sorts drama that a little more heavy than you would think at first (Moss’ character is put through the proverbial ringer). By hour 2, I hated it; by hour 5, I loved it. I am also gratefully for my introduction to the strangely appealing, Australian actor Thomas M. Wright, whose character’s propensity to collect his things in a plastic bag and storm away is unforgettable.
Previously loving -> Chris Pine and ”Going the Distance”